Interview with James Whitesell

Joe Bob. Well....ah....er... I haven't actually read any of them. And now you've gone from being a journalist to a whimsical border comedian? How do we make that transition? And why would I want to read any of your books?
Whitesell. Oh....let's see. How about because they're well written and entertaining? That work for you, Joe Blob?
Prelude....
The interviewer is Joseph Robert "Joe Bob" Snipwell III. A recent J school grad who is fond of looking at himself in the mirror and saying things like "Pulitzer Prize, dude. Pulitzer Prize." His ex-girlfriend Linda Sue Mango sourly commenting when breaking up with him it "was a darn good thing egos are not tangible solid objects, Joe Bob, 'cause if they were you'd never be able to get through a doorway."

The interview, done in Joe Bob's "tough guy school of interviewing," as follows..
Joe Bob (somewhat taken aback.) Ah, well, that is hardly a reason to write a book. Much less one that people would want to read.
Whitesell. True enough, Jim Bob. But having been both a journalist and a border officer I figured I might be able to pull off a non-fiction first person journalistic look at the border. Which I did. Border Tales is its title.
Joe Bob. Mr. Whitesell. First off, what motivated an ordinary non-literary person you to think you could write a book that people would want to read?
Whitesell. Well, Joe Bob, it was either that or my wife's real, real long list of honey do's.
Joe Bob. That's Joe Bob, not Jim Bob. And you still haven't convinced me your book would be worth reading.
Whitesell. Books, Joe Bill. Not book. Plural. Books.
Joe Bob (now a touch peeved). That is Jim Bob, er, ah, Joe Bob, not Joe Bill! And now we're onto the plural. Which means what? Several books I wouldn't want to read instead of one?
Whitesell. How about this, Mr. Joe Bob. Why don't we actually try to do an interview here about my books. First off. What did you think about them? Border Tales and the others. The controversial historical fiction works, Ausgleich: Scales of Justice, The Reckoning and Rourke. Or my mystery/suspense novels, The Storm and The Lords of Power. Or the humorous fiction of the three Border Tales Too books.
Joe Bob (now red-faced and starting to stutter.) Bl..bl...blob? You called me Joe Blob? How can you expect me to interview you when you insult me like that?
Whitesell. Buddy, lemme tell ya I'm seeing the insults running pretty much the other direction. And I have zero hope in getting a reasonably objective review from you. So why even try? To heck with you, buster.
Requiem. The interview abruptly ends as Joe Bob stomps out the room muttering with Whitesell's final words nailed incandescently in his tough guy interviewer's brain.
The readers can make up their own minds about my books.
Published 2016-08-11.
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Books by This Author

Rourke
Price: Free! Words: 123,210. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Two states. Minnesota and Virginia. Two governments. The Union and the Confederate. Two families. The Rourkes and the Jacksons. Two wars. The Civil War and the Dakota War. The Rourkes and Jacksons were ensnared in both wars--and on both sides. General Sherman said 'War is Hell.' To the Rourkes and Jacksons. and the others shattered in the war, it was more: It was a holocaust.
The Lords Of Power
Price: Free! Words: 93,390. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Just an ordinary citizen. A working class guy with a wife, a couple of kids and a VA mortgage. An Army veteran, mixed race, part Anglo, part Lakota. Nothing to make him stand out either positively or negatively. Then, like a comet smacking into an unwary Earth, The Lords Of Power shattered his life. This little man didn't stay crushed. He rose Phoenix-like to fight back. Lethally.
The Reckoning
Price: Free! Words: 87,990. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Mysterious murders in Manitoba and Minnesota. The victims are all refugees from war torn World War II Europe. But the deaths come long after the war, to men nearing the ends of their allotted three score and ten. The investigators, both in Manitoba and Minnesota, have two very large questions. Who is killing these people? And also.... Why?
Border Tales Too Book III
Price: Free! Words: 108,510. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Border Tales. Former reporter and CBP officer James Whitesell's original journalistic non-fiction work on the Arizona/Mexico border. Do a literary genetic splice and add Mark Twain on LSD to Border Tales. The result? The Border Tales Too books. Take a step outside ordinary reality and give 'em a read. Oughta be good for some laughs
Border Tales Too Book II The Further Borderland (Mis)Adventures of CBP Officers Elvis Mahoney & Co-Conspirators
Price: Free! Words: 100,390. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Border Tales. Former reporter and CBP officer James Whitesell's original journalistic non-fiction work on the Arizona/Mexico border. Do a literary genetic splice and add Mark Twain on LSD to Border Tales. The result? The Border Tales Too books. Take a step outside ordinary reality and give 'em a read. Oughta be good for some laughs.
Border Tales Too
Price: Free! Words: 105,300. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Border Tales. Former reporter and CBP officer James Whitesell's original journalistic non-fiction work on the on the Arizona/Mexico border. Do a literary genetic splice. and add Mark Twain munching a peyote button to Border Tales. The result? Border Tales Too. Take a step outside ordinary reality and give it a read. Oughta be good for some laughs. .
Ausgleich--Scales of Justice
Price: Free! Words: 120,860. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Ausgleich is a hybrid book. Fiction, yet with a bibliography. One part mainstream history, another part witness statements, both embedded in a fictional matrix. The plot, characters and situations are fictional. Yet Ausgleich rests on a solid historical bedrock that many will find difficult to accept. A second holocaust occurred in WWII. One ignored in the West. The victims? Germans.
The Storm
Price: Free! Words: 142,730. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
1983. The storm of the century inundates the desert state of Arizona. A disparate group of people--pot hunters, hikers, illegal immigrants, smugglers and would be hijackers--are stranded in the Huachuca Mountains by rising flood waters. Bad luck? Far worse. They are being stalked. A murderously deranged man uses the cover of the storm to begin killing the interlopers in 'his' mountains.
Border Tales
Price: Free! Words: 126,040. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 21st Century, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
A first hand journalistic account of the day to day working life of front line Customs and Border Protection officers on the Arizona Mexican border. The author is both a former journalist and a retired Customs and Border Patrol officer.